This woman lost 70kg but it wasn't because of a miracle diet

NADISHA Johnson has lost 70 kilos in 12 months.

But her remarkable weight loss story has nothing to do with any wonder diet or dramatic exercise regime.

The 31-year-old says her story is one of survival, hardship and triumph over adversity.

When Nadisha was 10 years old she was forced into hiding to escape her abusive father.

LIFE GOES ON: Nadisha and Bree Johnson want other victims of domestic and family violence to know they can leave an abusive relationship and go on to lead happy lives.
LIFE GOES ON: Nadisha and Bree Johnson want other victims of domestic and family violence to know they can leave an abusive relationship and go on to lead happy lives. Paul Braven

In the family's last encounter with the man Nadisha once called dad, he stabbed her mother Bree Johnson 22 times in the head with a screwdriver.

He had become enraged when Bree pulled the car over in front of a police station and thrown the keys out the window in fear and desperation.

Nadisha sat in the back seat helplessly watching her mum trying to defend herself from the attack until nearby witnesses intervened.

He was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to seven years in jail.

Afterwards Nadisha struggled to come to terms with the horrors she had witnessed as a child.

Reality sunk in when she was 14 and she started down a self-destructive path.

Before.
Before.

"As a child I was confused," Nadisha said. "I knew I didn't want to be around my father, but I didn't really understand why. Then one day, when I was 14 and started thinking for myself, it all hit me. Up until then I had just shut everything out."

Nadisha had developed an obsessive compulsive disorder and she was diagnosed with bipolar.

"I think I developed the OCD because then I could control the environment around me, when I hadn't been able to control the situation we were in.

"I was depressed. As a child, when I wasn't feeling depressed it's because we were running and I was in survival mode."

From age 14 Nadisha started putting on weight; she was 170kg in 2015, aged 30.

But a year ago she started up a business - called OCD Cleaning - and her weight started dropping off.

Domestic violence victim Nadisha Johnson lost 70 kgs in 12 months.
Domestic violence victim Nadisha Johnson lost 70 kgs in 12 months.

She still suffers from OCD but has channelled that into her business.

"I know it sounds strange, but I put it down to being happy. I haven't dramatically changed what I eat, I guess I am doing more exercise cleaning, but I haven't started going to the gym or anything.

"My business has saved my life. It's given me something to focus on and I couldn't be more thankful to the Gladstone community for being so supportive and welcoming."

Today Nadisha will present OzCare - the organisation running Gladstone's domestic violence shelter - with 32 large boxes of clothes and dozens of pieces of furniture.

Although she decided to start this donation drive because May is domestic and family violence awareness month, Nadisha is hoping to keep collecting items all year round.

That's on top of the random acts of kindness she already carries out on Fridays dropping coffee or flowers off to different people such as teachers, workers at the Salvation Army or the Women's Health Centre, "just to brighten their day".

"Having been through what we went through, I know what it is like feeling as if the world is against you and how much those little things can make a big difference," Nadisha, now described by her friends as vibrant, bubbly and happy, said.

"I want to do what I can to help others and to let them know you can survive, you can live on and have a happy life."



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